|DLI NEWSLETTER 11 FEBRUARY 2021|
| Happy Valentine's Day to all our members! Before your thoughts turn to romance, we have two important dates for your diaries..... beginning with the first DLI online masterclass in 2021 with playwright Jimmy Murphy on 28 February (details below) and then the DLI Convention which will be on Zoom on Saturday 27 March @11am. Further Convention details will be sent to group and individual member contacts. |
Thanks to all of you who have renewed membership so far in 2021 - DLI is more reliant than ever on subscriptions this year, so if you haven't yet done so, please go to our website www.dli.ie or send a cheque/order to the usual address -DLI, dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin 16. The fees remain unchanged - €120 for groups and €35 for Individuals. As ever, we are grateful to you all for the continued loyalty which sustains DLI, particularly in these uncertain times.
Condolences to Imelda McDonagh, (ADA), on the recent passing of her mother Theresa Ringwood. May she rest in peace.
Congratulations to Liam Hannaway who has been appointed as Chairperson of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Liam is well known in amateur drama circles as an actor and director with Lislea Dramatic Players, and as a former Chairperson of the Ulster Region of the ADCI.
We wish Liam every success in his new role.
Mairead Broderick, ADCI, is the newly elected Chairperson of the ADCI/DLI '6&6' Joint Committee, taking over the position from DLI Chairperson Joanne Keane at the recent 6&6 Joint Committee AGM. Ollie Kenny will continue as 6&6 Secretary and Eugene O'Sullivan will continue as Recording Secretary.
Wishing Mairead the very best of luck in her new role. Here's to a year that improves as it goes on and the One Act Circuit getting underway in the autumn!
Representatives on the '6&6' at AGM
Amateur Drama Council of Ireland (ADCI):
Michael Johnston, Mairead Broderick, Hubert McMorrow, Mary Torsney, Rachael Cullivan Elliot & Máire Ní Riain.
Drama League of Ireland (DLI)
Joanne Keane, Ollie Kenny, Eugene O'Sullivan, Willie O'Brien, Michael Stafford & Karen Carleton.
|Like all of us these days, we in DLI are hoping to schedule in some dates later in 2021. Covid Restrictions allowing, we would like to envisage DLI Summer School happening in University of Limerick 24-31 July. The format of the week would of course be determined by HSE guidelines at that time, but we would love to revive that famous DLI Summer School experience for our tutors and participants in SOME form in 2021. We all missed it so much in 2020!|
So, this is where you, our members, come in! We are offering a Summer School 2021 voucher to the value of €100 to the best performance video submitted to DLI. The content must be original, and can be a group or individual effort, lasting 3-5 minutes.
It should be made on your phone (if using your phone, please ensure it is in landscape mode & check the sound quality before sending) or laptop and can be a Zoom recording - queries and submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We all need our spirits lifted these days, so upbeat subject matter please!! Shortlisted videos will be posted on the DLI Facebook page.
Closing date is St Patrick’s Day, Wednesday 17 March. We’re waiting to hear from you!
|DLI/ADCI PLAYWRITING COMPETITION SCRIPTS|
|We continue our focus on the plays submitted to the 2020 DLI/ADCI Playwriting Competition. This week, we bring two of the 'Highly Commended' scripts to your attention. We will email the scripts to you on application to email@example.com |
Fellini's Dalmation by Niall Hunter
Setting: A seaside beach. In front of a beach wall upstage with steps leading down to the sand, is a wooden cut-out where people put their heads to look like cartoonish versions of themselves.
Ray - Late 20s Scene 1: Early 40s Scene 2
Rose - Early to mid 20s Scene 1
Kitty -Mid to late 30s
The play is set in 1981, and then in 1997, bookended by the marriage and death of Princess Diana. It explores the relationship between Ray, Rose and Kitty, all of whom have an air of quiet desperation as they struggle with life, human interaction and fate.
In The Pale Moonlight by Diarmuid McGuinness
Setting: A small apartment shared by two friends in an Irish city.
Tommy - Late 30s
Andy, his friend - early 30s
Marie, Tommy's sister - early 30s
Black, A Mysterious Presence 50s
Tommy knows something about the death of his brother, Mark, which has changed his whole attitude to life. He ends up revealing what he saw to Andy and Marie.....a mysterious and mystical sight...., and this 'presence' will revisit the trio. The writer presents us with laugh out loud humour, sibling argument, and fearful moments of tension - appealing to all the audience's emotions.....
PS The winning play A Safe Passage by Irene Kelleher, and the two runners up The Centipede by Frank Houlihan and Champions by Peter Trant are also available from firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Lockdown continues, but on the plus side so does Lockdown Conversations!! |
Last week’s guest was Geoff O’Keeffe. This week, ADCI host, Paddy Farrelly, will be joined by Joanne Keane, Chairperson of the Drama League of Ireland and a member of the Balally Players. Join ADCI live on Facebook at 8pm tonight!!
|We are delighted that Jimmy Murphy will give a Directing Masterclass on Sunday 28th February at 10am which will be delivered via Zoom. Jimmy has a clear understanding and love for the amateur drama community, and is a great supporter of our movement. |
Jimmy Murphy is a playwright and director of the highest calibre. His plays include Brothers of the Brush, Perfidia, Kings of the Kilburn High Road and What's Left of the Flag. He has written widely for television and radio, and is currently working on new material in the midst of lockdown. He was elected a member of Aosdána in 2004.
This Directing Masterclass will examine what is required to bring a play from the page to the stage and will explore the logistics of directing a play. We will look at how the director assembles and collaborates with their production and design teams and what happens in the rehearsal room. Jimmy will also provide some insight into the notes he gives to actors along with other tips and techniques from a theatre maker who is one of the shining lights of modern Irish Drama.
Whilst the primary focus of the workshop/masterclass will be on directing, it will be relevant to everyone involved in amateur drama productions.
DLI is offering the class free of charge to our members.
To book a place on this Zoom Masterclass, email John Lennon, DLI Development Officer on email@example.com - please put DLI Directing Masterclass 2021 in the subject line.